Karachiites hold protest against prolonged load-shedding
Karachiites took to the streets to protest against unscheduled and prolonged load-shedding in different areas of Karachi.
The protestors raised slogans against the government and K-Electric, the sole power provider of the metropolis, and installed barriers on the road, causing the worst traffic jam.
Protesters blocked various major roads, burned tires and chanted slogans, while law enforcement used batons to disperse them.
According to officials and eyewitnesses, residents of Lyari blocked Maripur Road, the main highway connecting the city’s industrial area site with the port, in protest of prolonged load shedding. Law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with the protesters but failed.
City SSP Asif Bhagio said that the police and Rangers operation dispersed the protesters but soon after they came to the main road and started protesting again.
The senior official said that power supply in different parts of Lyari, especially in the areas adjoining Maripur Road, has been cut off since 4 pm on Monday. Hundreds of people blocked the road for several hours due to prolonged load shedding.
As Maripur Road connects the KPT and the industrial area of the site, law enforcement officials spoke to the protesters to clear the road. When the talks failed, police and Rangers charged batons at the protesters while protesting, in response perpetrators threw stones at the law enforcers.
Meanwhile, protesters opened the road for a while but blocked it again shortly afterwards.
The city SSP said that he had spoken to the management of K Electric and Deputy Commissioner South also reached the spot to explain to the protesters and prevent the situation from deteriorating further.
A spokesman for the traffic police said that there was traffic congestion on Jinnah Bridge and MT Khan Road due to traffic closure on Maripur Road. In addition, citizens in different parts of the city protested against the water and electricity outages.
According to the spokesman, citizens also protested near Baloch Mosque at Liaquatabad post office bus stop, due to which traffic was diverted to alternative roads.
In Shah Faisal Colony No. 2, citizens took to the streets against water and electricity outages, while residents of Kalapul staged protest on Main Korangi Road near Defense.
It may be recalled that citizens in different parts of the city also protested on Monday against the unscheduled and prolonged load shedding of electricity by K-Electric, during which citizens took to the streets, burnt tires and closed major highways to traffic.